Steve Jobs received a posthumous Special Merit Award at the Grammys on Sunday evening, says Reuters. The award was accepted by Eddy Cue, the new senior vice president for Internet software and services. The Recording Academy decided to honor Steve Jobs’ memory last year in December because the former CEO created products which facilitated the consumption of music.
Eddy Cue thanked the organizers of the show on behalf of Jobs’ wife, children and employees at the Apple for honoring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award. He was the most appropriate person to do this because he worked with Jobs for fifteen years and he had the opportunity to know him as a friend.
Cue told everyone in the room that Steve was a visionary and a mentor which is why he managed to create futuristic devices for his customers’ entertainment. The senior vice president further added that Steve Jobs was one of the biggest fans of music. The co-founder of Apple was always influenced by great artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
People who worked with Steve Jobs can confirm that he was constantly preoccupied to find new ways of bringing music to people. In 2001, he invented the iPod because he knew that people love music and it is always good to do something you love.
Eddy Cue finished his Grammy speech by stating that Steve Jobs would have been very pleased to receive the Grammy. Before he received the award, Cue threw a kiss towards the sky as if saluting his late friend. The moment was followed by a volley of applauses as Steve Jobs’ image was displayed on the big screen.
There were other celebrities who received the Trustees Award, as well. Musician, bandleader, composer, and arranger Dave Bartholomew and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder were honored for the contributions they have brought to the music industry.